Barn Raising and Code Sprint for the Echo Park Time Bank

  • Posted on: 14 April 2012
  • By: Christefano Reyes
Date: 
Friday, April 27, 2012 - 19:30 to Saturday, April 28, 2012 - 16:30

Join us at Droplabs on Friday & Saturday, April 27-28, 2012, for a Barn Raising and Code Sprint to benefit the Echo Park Time Bank and TimeBanks USA!

There's something for everyone at this two-day event and you're welcome to attend either or both days. If you're interested in learning more about the Features module and getting some practical hands-on experience, or if you're a Features power user and would like to help mentor others into using Drupal's best practices for site development, this is an excellent opportunity.

The Echo Park Time Bank is a non-profit community collective with a mission to facilitate the cooperative exchange of goods and services among its hundreds of members. Since September 2011, the Echo Park Time Bank has been using Drupal to manage their community website at http://arroyoseco.timebanks.org and its currency system.

We'll be using the Features module and configuration-in-code methodology to help make feature development, maintenance and updates to their site much easier. The Features that we create will be shared with TimeBanks USA, which will directly benefit the 300+ time banks that have their own sites that use the same Drupal distribution.

Agenda

On Friday evening, a group of us will be meeting, socializing and setting up the space. On Saturday, we're having a Features presentation and hands-on code sprint (when we'll be exporting parts of the Drupal site from the Drupal database and into maintainable Features). All the while, we'll be documenting what we're doing so that TimeBanks USA and other time banks have a guide for how to repeat our success with the Echo Park Time Bank.

For any changes to our agenda, stay tuned to this event announcement or click the Sign up button at http://groups.drupal.org/node/224719 (or both!) to be notified when the agenda has been updated.

   Friday evening, April 27, at 7-9:00pm:
   Open Meeting of the Echo Park Time Bank Tech Team
   Projector and tables / chairs setup
   Drupal After Dark (Socializing and networking)

   Saturday morning, April 28, at 10:00am:
   Introductions
   Features presentation
   Questions and answers

   Saturday afternoon, April 28, at 12pm:
   Lunch! (This is potluck-style, so bring enough for yourself and another)
   Hands-on Features code sprint
   Documentation sprint

   Saturday evening, April 28, at 5pm
   Wrap-up, clean-up and close-up
   Drupal After Dark (Socializing and networking)

What to bring

Just bring your laptop, your business cards and whatever else you need. Lunch on Saturday is potluck-style, so please bring something for yourself and another.

Please note that our guest wireless network is limited to 1Mb per client, so bring your MiFi router or a phone you can tether with if for some reason you need a lot of bandwidth. Access to our high-speed network is included with a Droplabs membership.

About Time Banking

Time Banking is a simple concept: you work for an hour, earn an hour credit, and spend an hour with someone in your time bank community. Time banks don't get penalized in benefit reductions or pay taxes or because unlike market-based national currencies, time banks are more like charitable volunteering circles of mutual aid or relationship-based gift economies. As the recession and Occupy movement encourage people to reimagine work and how they get their needs met in the new economy, time banks are really catching on.

About the Echo Park Time Bank

The Echo Park Time Bank is a non-profit community collective with a mission to facilitate the cooperative exchange of goods and services among its hundreds of members. It's a pay-it-forward system that connects unmet needs with untapped resources. In 2011, The Echo Park Time Bank migrated its time banking software to Community Weaver, a hosted Drupal platform provided by TimeBanks USA.

In February, 2012, Autumn Rooney of the Echo Park Time Bank and Christefano Reyes from Exaltation of Larks presented on the concept and the practice of time banking and how Community Weaver is being used to fully manage the time bank's community website and currency system. See http://droplabs.net/video/banking-on-drupal-at-the-echo-park-time-bank for a video of that presentation.

About TimeBanks USA

TimeBanks USA (TBUSA) was founded in 1995 with a mission to nurture and expand a movement that promotes equality and builds caring community economies through inclusive exchange of time and talent. Its central office is located in Washington D.C.

TBUSA is working with TimeBanks leaders across the US, including the Echo Park Time Bank, as well as internationally to strengthen and rebuild community, and use TimeBanks to achieve wide-ranging goals such as social justice, bridges between diverse communities, and local ecological sustainability.

Join us on Twitter, Google+ and IRC!

During the workshop, several of us will be in the regional #drupal-la channel on IRC and the LA Drupal hangout on Google+ and all are welcome to join us. The event organizers will also be monitoring Twitter for feedback and questions that mention @DowntownDrupal, @ladrupal or use the #ladrupal hashtag.

Google Map

Location and directions

   Droplabs
   651 Clover St.
   Los Angeles, CA 90031

Droplabs is in the Mission Junction neighborhood of Los Angeles at Big Art Labs, just 1 mile down Main St. from Philippes (the first-ever venue for LA Drupal meetups!) and Union Station. We're one block west of The Brewery, the largest live-and-work artists' colony in the world.

Free parking in our large parking lot is first-come, first-served. After parking in the lot, follow the yellow signs that point to Droplabs. (If our lot is full, you can park for free on Clover St.)

Droplabs is a brief walk from the Main St. / Lamar St. stop on the the Metro Local 76 bus line. To carpool or catch the Droplabs shuttle from Union Station, post below in the comments.

About Droplabs

Droplabs Los Angeles Droplabs is a collaborative Drupal event and coworking space in Downtown Los Angeles. Created in 2011 by LA Drupal members for the LA Drupal community, we are focused on serving the greater LA Drupal community, enriching the Drupal skills and lives of its members, and bringing joy to our Drupal practice. Our founders represent several local area businesses that have deep roots in the Drupal and open source communities.

We've been open to the public since May, 2011, and the use of our equipment and facilities, including conference room, tables and chairs, is free until our official launch. See http://groups.drupal.org/node/145934 for more details about our open beta period and http://droplabs.net/prices for our list of free amenities and member perks, including our high-speed WiFi, an espresso machine, printer and scanner services, and more.

Droplabs is the host of the monthly Downtown LA Drupal meetups, LA Drupal's weekly Pro Drupal 7 Development book study group and special events including the Varnish 3 Release Party, a Leave GoDaddy Day workshop and LA Drupal's job fairs. To learn more about Droplabs, follow @Droplabs on Twitter, sign up at Meetup.com/Droplabs or like DroplabsLA on Facebook!

About Downtown Los Angeles Drupal

Downtown Los Angeles is one of the most active areas for Drupal in Los Angeles and LA County. We've been meeting regularly on the 3rd Tuesday of every month since early 2010 and now schedule up to 4 regular meetups a month and occasional trainings and social gatherings. Downtown LA Drupal members also produce special events, code sprints, and the annual Drupal Design Camp LA conference

Attending Drupal events in and around Downtown Los Angeles is one of the best ways to meet and talk with other Drupaleros and we encourage you to attend as many meetings and special events as you'd like. Whether it's to find solutions to problems you've been having, sharing something you've learned or just meeting interesting like-minded people, the Downtown LA Drupal events are an essential resource for Drupal professionals and hobbyists alike.

If you aren't already a member of Downtown Los Angeles Drupal, it's easy to join our community. Our community calendar is on our "Events" tab on our home page at http://groups.drupal.org/node/219129